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  • International education meeting to provide long term opportunities for the Gold Coast
    Posted on 22 February 2018 | 3:30 am

    Thursday 22 February 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills As a growing destination for international students, the Gold Coast stands to benefit from a meeting of Commonwealth nations on education being attended by Gold Coast MP and Assistant Minister for Vocational...[ Read more ]

  • Education and skills key to meeting 21st century challenges
    Posted on 21 February 2018 | 5:30 am

    Wednesday 21 February 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills A meeting of education ministers from Commonwealth nations provides an opportunity to learn from others and share the important work being done to boost Australia’s skills base, and how it could help...[ Read more ]

  • Tasmanian apprentices benefit from new mentoring program
    Posted on 16 February 2018 | 1:30 am

    Friday 16 February 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Tasmanian apprentices are now benefitting from a new $60 million Federal Government initiative to support them through their training and give them the best possible chance of securing a great job and...[ Read more ]

  • Completion rates on the rise under VET Student Loans
    Posted on 12 February 2018 | 10:45 pm

    Tuesday 13 February 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills New figures confirm a significantly higher percentage of students are successfully completing units of study under the Coalition Government’s VET Student Loans (VSL) program, than they were under Labor’s failed VET FEE‑HELP scheme....[ Read more ]

  • New ASQA Commissioner and Deputy Chief Commissioner
    Posted on 9 February 2018 | 3:45 am

    Friday 9 February 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews has today announced the appointment of a new Commissioner to the independent vocational education and training (VET) regulator. Ms Saxon Rice, a respected leader with...[ Read more ]

  • Greater recognition of higher education qualifications in the Asia-Pacific
    Posted on 31 January 2018 | 10:15 pm

    Thursday 1 February 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills A ground-breaking agreement will make it easier for Australian higher education qualifications to be recognised across the Asia-Pacific, with the Tokyo Convention...[ Read more ]

  • New apprentices to benefit from intensive support
    Posted on 31 January 2018 | 1:00 am

    Wednesday 31 January 2018 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Over 40,000 apprentices in industries undergoing structural change are set to benefit from intensive support in their first two years of training Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews announced...[ Read more ]

  • New national tertiary qualifications to tackle cyber crime
    Posted on 25 January 2018 | 4:45 am

    Thursday 25 January 2018 Media Release The Hon. Angus Taylor MP Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Today the Turnbull Government is launching two new tertiary qualifications to help protect businesses from cyber crime and drive a...[ Read more ]

  • Short courses, training product reform in the spotlight
    Posted on 13 December 2017 | 5:15 am

    Wednesday 13 December 2017 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews is encouraging vocational education and training (VET) stakeholders to have their say on proposed reforms to ensure students receive high quality training that...[ Read more ]

  • Training graduates make the most of new online records system
    Posted on 13 December 2017 | 3:15 am

    Wednesday 13 December 2017 Media Release The Hon Karen Andrews MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Australia’s Unique Student Identifier (USI) system is proving a success for thousands of students and registered training organisations. More than a quarter of a million USI transcripts having been viewed to date....[ Read more ]

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  • Interview on Sky News with Kieran Gilbert
    Posted on 12 February 2018 | 1:45 am

    Monday 12 February 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Barnaby Joyce; Closing the Gap report; Company tax rates Kieran Gilbert:             First, though, to the Education Minister Simon Birmingham. I spoke to him this morning about the education targets within the Closing...[ Read more ]

  • Doorstop Interview, Adelaide
    Posted on 10 February 2018 | 4:45 am

    Saturday 10 February 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: National review into teacher registration; Barnaby Joyce; Changes to the Higher School Certificate; Cyber Bullying Simon Birmingham:    Today the Turnbull Government is highlighting the review that the Australian Institute for School and Teaching Leadership...[ Read more ]

  • National Review of Teacher Registration
    Posted on 9 February 2018 | 9:45 pm

    Saturday 10 February 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training The Turnbull Government, with the support of states and territories, has launched a national review of teacher registration to help tackle key inconsistencies in systems across the country. Minister for Education and Training Simon...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on Channel 7 Sunrise with Sam Armytage
    Posted on 9 February 2018 | 12:45 am

    Friday 9 February 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Interview on Channel 7 Sunrise with Sam Armytage Topics: Cyber bullying and the eSmart program 08/02/2018 07:22AM Sam Armytage: And here is the man himself, Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham joins us now....[ Read more ]

  • Interview on Sky News with Graham Richardson
    Posted on 7 February 2018 | 9:00 am

    Wednesday 7 February 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Composition of the Senate; Cyber bullying; Numeracy and literacy standards in schools Graham Richardson:    Now, we shall turn to Simon Birmingham without further ado. Simon, welcome to the program. Simon Birmingham:     G’day,...[ Read more ]

  • TEQSA board reappointments
    Posted on 7 February 2018 | 12:15 am

    Wednesday 7 February 2018 Media Release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training The Turnbull Government has reappointed the board of Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said Chief Commissioner Professor Nicholas Saunders AO, Dr...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on Triple J Hack with Tom Tilley
    Posted on 6 February 2018 | 7:00 am

    Tuesday 6 February 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Topics: Higher education reforms and vocational education and training Tom Tilley:                   There’s a big chance that our next guest is making decisions that directly affect your life. Over 1.3 million, mostly young, Australians...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on FIVEaa mornings with Leon Byner
    Posted on 6 February 2018 | 12:15 am

    Tuesday 6 February 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Interview on FIVEaa mornings with Leon Byner Topics: Pre-school attendance rates Simon Birmingham:       Well, good morning Leon. This is a concern. There’s Australian Bureau of Statistics data around pre-school education which shows that...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on Sky News AM with Kieran Gilbert
    Posted on 4 February 2018 | 10:00 pm

    Monday 5 February 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Interview on Sky News AM with Kieran Gilbert Topics: Latest Newspoll, Child care industry industrial action Kieran Gilbert:            Minister, thanks for your time. This Newspoll today – do you feel like the...[ Read more ]

  • Interview on ABC AM with Sabra Lane
    Posted on 4 February 2018 | 8:15 pm

    Monday 5 February 2018 Transcript Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training E&OE TRANSCRIPT Interview on ABC AM with Sabra Lane Topics: Citizenship of Parliamentarians; Child care industry industrial action; Innovation and Science Australian report. 05/02/2018 07:13AM Sabra Lane:                 Joining us now is the Education and Training...[ Read more ]

  • Latest news from Home Affairs

  • CARGO ADVICE 2018/01 HOME AFFAIRS DIGITAL CERTIFICATE ROLLOVER
    Posted on 13 February 2018 | 1:24 am

    The existing Type 3 digital certificate (the public key) used by the Department of Home Affairs will expire soon, and Home Affairs will be ‘rolling over’ to a newly issued certificate on Wednesday 21 February 2018. This means that those users who send messages to the Integrated Cargo System (in...[ Read more ]

  • ICS PROCESSING DELAYS MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2018
    Posted on 12 February 2018 | 2:38 am

    ​The ICS is currently experiencing very high message processing rates. As at 13:30 AEDT users can expect delays of up to 55 minutes for some response messages. The Department of Home Affairs apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • UPCOMING WEEKEND OUTAGE TO THE ICS - SATURDAY 17 MARCH 2018
    Posted on 8 February 2018 | 11:44 pm

    ​Please be advised that the ICS will be unavailable for a 6 hour period between Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March 2018. The outage period will be from 23:00 AEDT on Saturday 17 March until 05:00 AEDT Sunday 18 March 2018 and is necessary to promote internal system changes....[ Read more ]

  • EFT REPORTING ISSUE RESOLVED
    Posted on 8 February 2018 | 10:34 pm

    ​The EFT Report for Thursday 8 February 2018 is now available. The Department of Home Affairs apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • EFT REPORT DELAYED - MONDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2018
    Posted on 8 February 2018 | 4:50 am

    ​The EFT Report for today (Thursday 8 February 2018) is currently not available. As at 15:30 AEDT there is no expected resolution time. An update will be issued when the report is available. The Department of Home Affairs apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • ICS PROCESSING DELAYS WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2018
    Posted on 7 February 2018 | 1:59 am

    ​The ICS is currently experiencing very high message processing rates. As at 13:00 AEDT users can expect delays of up to 60 minutes for some response messages. The Department of Home Affairs apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • UPCOMING WEEKEND OUTAGE TO THE ICS - SATURDAY 10 MARCH 2018
    Posted on 2 February 2018 | 4:08 am

    Please be advised that the ICS will be unavailable for a 5.5 hour period between Saturday 10 March and Sunday 11 March 2018. The outage period will be from 23:00 AEDT on Saturday 10 March until 04:30 AEDT Sunday 11 March 2018 and is necessary to promote internal system changes....[ Read more ]

  • ICS PROCESSING DELAYS THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2018
    Posted on 1 February 2018 | 4:52 am

    The ICS is currently experiencing very high message processing rates. As at 15:45 AEDT users can expect delays of up to 45 minutes for some response messages. The Department of Home Affairs apologise for any inconvenience caused.​

  • ICS PROCESSING DELAYS WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2018
    Posted on 31 January 2018 | 2:00 am

    The ICS is currently experiencing very high message processing rates. As at 12:45 AEDT users can expect delays of up to 50 minutes for some response messages. The Department of Home Affairs apologise for any inconvenience caused.​

  • CHANGES TO BY-LAWS FOR ITEM 15
    Posted on 30 January 2018 | 11:06 pm

    Customs Tariff By-laws No. 1300942 and No. 1700053 for item 15 have been replaced by Customs Tariff By-laws No. 1700581 and No. 1700571 respectively. The replacement by-laws take effect on and from 1 February 2018 and reflect make changes to the definition of family to reflect the recent changes to...[ Read more ]